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Aicha Coulibaly after a foul call in the 65-60 win over No. 21 Georgia.

Auburn picks up first SEC win, led by Coulibaly’s 31 points

AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - A career-high 31-point game from Aicha Coulibaly helped Auburn climb out of a 14-point hole.

The Auburn Tigers (11-8, 1-6 SEC) found their way past the Ole Miss Rebels (16-4, 5-2 SEC), winning 77-76 in overtime.

“I thought our team came out and, and they’re always prepared, but they showed up to play today,” Auburn head coach Johnnie Harris said. “I thought they played tough, hard-nosed, physical, and aggressive which is what we preach.”

Auburn shot 26-66 (39.4%) from the field, 4-9 (44.4%) from three-point range, and 21-26 (80.8%) from the free throw line.

Other than Coulibaly, Auburn had two other players in double figures as Honesty Scott-Grayson and Mar ‘Shaun Bostic both scored 11 points. Coulibaly led the Tigers in assists with four and rebounds with seven.

Per usual, getting the ball inside was a focus for the Tigers as 40 of their points came inside the paint.

Ole Miss dominated Auburn on the offensive glass. The Rebels grabbed 14 offensive rebounds for 10 second-chance points to the Tiger’s eight and two. Depth evened this out, however, as Auburn had 22 bench points to Ole Miss’ 13.

Angel Baker led Ole Miss in scoring with 25 points and rebounds with 12, and Marquesha Davis led them in assists with two.

The Tigers outscored the Rebels 24-12 in the third quarter which played a major factor in Auburn turning things around.

Auburn will be back in action on Thursday night when the Tigers take on the Kentucky Wildcats on the road in Lexington. Tip-off is set for 6:00 p.m. CT.